The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

2) What type of work does Chillingworth take on in New England?

Chillingworth works as physician once he settles in the New England community. Because “skilful men, of the medical and chirurgical profession, were of rare occurrence in the colony” he is gratefully welcomed; Chillingworth also possesses knowledge both from his time in Europe and from his time his time living with the Indians, which makes him seem highly skilled and knowledgeable. Chillingworth’s work as a physician allows him to get close to Dimmesdale, but it also creates an irony in that he is slowly tormenting and torturing Dimmesdale rather than healing him.